Not a Choice

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10 ESV)

 

 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:13-16 ESV)

 

 

“According to WHO [the World Health Organization], every year in the world there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions. This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day” (www.worldometers.info).

125,000.  EVERY.  SINGLE.  DAY.

5,208 every hour.  That is 1-2 per second.

How my heart breaks… how it longs for the day when this horror is no longer a reality.

The Abortion Issue:

We live in a world that is consumed with the passions of selfish desires, and encouraged to “never mind” the consequences.  We want all the glory without ever having to work at it or struggle through the pain; and we want to pick out which parts we want to ignore and which we want to keep. We want love without commitment, strength without sweat, stories without substance, and perfection without pursuit.

This culture in which we live has convinced us that we deserve happiness no matter what.  Our happiness should always come before others’.  We’ve been fed the lie that if we want something, it is right for us, and any resulting consequence should be removed.  We put on the blinders and only see what is directly in front of our feet.

The truth of the matter is, our actions have consequences, and these don’t automatically disappear by simply diverting our eyes from them.

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7 ESV)

The selfishness and entitlement of our society has led to a nation that does not value women or life in general.  Our society does not value the sanctity of human life.  We know and cherish every juicy bit of information concerning celebrities and public figures, and yet… we rarely stop to look into the frightened eyes of the 16-year-old girl walking into the abortion clinic, fear overwhelming every part of her being.  How many of us would see her and walk up to her, pray with her, and tell her of God’s mercy and compassion?  How many of us would spend the time to help her understand the value of the life within her womb?  And how many of us would then help to provide her with the resources she needs, and be committed in coming alongside her in her pain?

The root of the abortion problem is that, as a whole, our society fails to value the unique, precious beauty of life.  Our nation is overflowing with self-arrogance and depleted in selflessness.

The Arguments:

I have heard repeatedly throughout my years of Pro-Life advocacy that women should have the right to choose whether or not they want to terminate their pregnancies.  It is the Pro-Choice argument.  “It’s my body and my choice!” “It’s a blob of tissue, not a baby!” “We can’t know if it’s really life anyway, so why does it matter?”

First of all, the choice is the action.  The child is the living product resulting after the choice has been made and the action completed.  The child is NOT the choice, no matter who made the choice.  Once conception has occurred, it is a child growing within you.

“Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’” (Jeremiah 1:4-5 ESV)

 

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10 ESV)

 

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:13-16 ESV)

The Word of God says that even within the dark secrecy of the womb, even that substance was already being intricately woven into the you He made you to be.  We were already known and called for a purpose.  This body is a separate person, specifically chosen for their calling, and specially designed by God.  Even our bodies are not our own.  They are formed in the image of God, for the glory and use of God.

 

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27 ESV)

 

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV)

Destroying His creation is not glorifying Him in your body.  Our bodies are not our own.

Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and the choices we make by the use of our bodies either glorify or dishonor Him.  And if “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17 ESV), and “children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward” (Psalm 127:3 ESV), then destroying or distorting that value in any way is NOT glorifying God in our bodies.

Knowing this as believers in Christ, there should be no question as to if abortion is right or wrong.  God is the only holy, righteous One.  He has given the gift of the womb, children, as a heritage from Him, each being a perfect gift from above.

Second, we know for certain, as proven by science, that life begins at conception, and that it is not just a blob of cells or tissues, but a unique individual being.  The following quotes are from medical experts and medical textbooks concerning the beginning of life:

“Fertilization is the process by which male and female haploid gametes (sperm and egg) unite to produce a genetically distinct individual” (Signorelli et al., Kinases, phosphatases and proteases during sperm capacitation, CELL TISSUE RES. 349(3):765 (Mar. 20, 2012)).

 

“[The zygote], formed by the union of an oocyte and a sperm, is the beginning of a new human being” (Keith L. Moore, Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2008. p. 2.).

 

“Human life begins when the ovum is fertilized and the new combined cell mass begins to divide” (Dr. Jasper Williams, Former President of the National Medical Association (p 74)).

We know for certain that life begins at conception; when a new human being is created.  But EVEN IF.  Even if we were unsure in the SLIGHTEST amount, the decision of whether or not we have the right to end a human life should be so overwhelmingly serious that we still would not risk it.

“Rescue those who are being taken away to death;  hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.  If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?” (Proverbs 24:11-12 ESV)

Ignorance is not a valid excuse.  God has given us enough in His Word to be able to understand the significant, priceless value of human life.

“Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked.” (Exodus 23:7 ESV)

I am not against women’s rights.  I am not against women.  I believe a woman should have the right to work at a job she loves, vote, be paid the same for the same jobs, choose who and if she wants to marry, and make the choices she wants to in her life, so long as, like every other citizen in this country, the action does not infringe on the rights of others.  Abortion infringes on the very rights of life of the unborn.  The child doesn’t get a choice.

I understand there are instances that are painful, horrible, and unacceptable.  Rape is horrible.  Abandonment of a partner is horrible.  But murder is equally horrible.  No matter what the scenario, it is never our right to end the life of another, including a child in the womb.

I ache for the women who have been used and abandoned to carry the burden alone.  As believers, we should be offering the hope and love of Christ, encouraging them, and helping to provide for their needs.  The injustice and indignity that they have been subject to should NOT be okay with us.

For those who have fallen and made mistakes leading to unplanned pregnancy, as followers of a God of mercy, love, and compassion, we should be reaching out with both arms, extending the grace of a Jesus to a Mary Magdalene, and the hope of the Gospel of Christ.  Condemnation is not ours to enact.  Hard truth spoken with love, of course.  But the judgment belongs to God.  And what one of us is without sin?

“And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.’” (John 8:7 ESV)

We have all fallen short of the glory of God.  Not one of us is worthy.

For the mother whose life is at risk, my heart is torn for you.  Your life is valuable and worth more than gold.  I cannot tell you why this is happening.  I can’t explain away the fear and hurt of your plight.  But what I do know with absolute certainty, is that God is in control, He has everything in His hands, and EVERY SINGLE LIFE is precious in His sight.

Where Do I Go From Here?

Knowing that we are to value both the lives of mother and child alike, how do we fix the problem?  How do we end the largest, longest genocide in our history?

Pray.  Act.  Help provide for single mothers considering abortion by helping to fund programs that will help them discover and evaluate options other than abortion.  There are so many ways to help and the need is so vast.  Pray with them.  Pray for them.  Share the compassionate, unfailing love of Christ.  The only love, the only truth, and the only hope of ending this holocaust of children is in the strength, love, truth, and hope of the Gospel of Christ Jesus.

We, too, were each once being formed within our mother’s womb; and every one of us was called by God for a purpose.  We were loved.  We were His treasured gifts to the world that let us live.  Life is a precious thing.  I pray that each and every unborn child would have the chance to give their gifts to this world.

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